Notes You May Have Missed Vol. 1

Published on the last Thursday of each month, Notes You May Have Missed features selected notes from the past and present.

These notes serve as an introduction for new readers of N.A.H. and as a recap for regular visitors.

I Write Because…

“I hold a belief that we are all connected as a part of a larger human family.  However, certain attitudes and systems have been set in place that can cause us to have experiences that make us believe otherwise.

Certain attitudes and systems that are set in place can cause us to have experiences in which we feel devalued, unaccepted, disconnected…as if we are not a part of that family at all.

I want to name those attitudes and systems. I want to deconstruct them…”


Randomly Organized Thoughts from 35,000 Feet

“Each of us may be going to something, or leaving something behind, at different times, and for different reasons. Some may give us warm feelings, while others may cause us sorrow.”


Hurry Up and Wait: On Social Justice Elitism and Eagerness for Change

“If we are to be engaged in intersectional and transformative social justice work, whether we are engaged in working for the liberation of our own marginalized identities, or in collaboration with others to work toward their liberation, it is also important to acknowledge that multiple realities exist and can be held and examined simultaneously.”


Yes, Anger Influences My Work for Racial Justice, and No, We Won’t Calm Down

“As a Black man in America, I honestly share that I am in a state of rage almost all of the time.”


Breaking the Silence: A Lesson Learned in My Ongoing Development as an Ally

“Sometimes I think in order for us to change, we need to be uncomfortable. We need to be able to feel the impact of how our actions impact others. The experience of this person being rescued reminded me of a time when my own actions (or inactions in this case) were harmful and I was not rescued.”

Thank you for your readership and sharing.

Ubuntu,

From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW

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I’m a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities.

“Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian” is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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